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Arms Warrior DPS Guide in Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1

Last updated Today at 13:13 by Archimtiros 28 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Arms Warrior DPS guide for World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.0.1. Here, you will learn everything you need to know about playing an Arms Warrior in a raid environment and in Mythic+ dungeons.

About Our Author

This guide has been written by Archimtiros, the Warrior class theorycrafter, and one of the best DPS Warriors in the world, who raids in Infinity. You can follow him on Twitter and you can watch his stream on Twitch.

1. Class Overview

Arms Warriors in Battle for Azeroth are powerful juggernauts which revolve around building burst damage windows with Colossus Smash Icon Colossus Smash. Their greatest strength comes in the form of an incredibly versatile toolkit, allowing Arms Warriors to adapt to virtually any situation, particularly when facing multiple opponents.

2. Battle for Azeroth 8.0.1 Changes for Arms Warrior

Although the core of the rotation is functionally similar to that of Legion, several of the abilities used in it have changed.

2.1. Core Mechanical Changes

  • Avatar Icon Avatar and Rallying Cry Icon Rallying Cry (formerly Commanding Shout Icon Commanding Shout) are now on the global cooldown. Charge Icon Charge incurs a shorter 0.5 second global cooldown.
  • Colossus Smash Icon Colossus Smash replaces Battle Cry Icon Battle Cry as Arms' major cooldown, and Overpower Icon Overpower takes Colossus Smash Icon Colossus Smash's place in the Legion rotation.
  • Arms has a new Mastery, Mastery: Deep Wounds Icon Mastery: Deep Wounds, which inflicts a six second bleed after using Mortal Strike Icon Mortal Strike, Execute Icon Execute, Cleave Icon Cleave, and Bladestorm Icon Bladestorm, effectively increasing the damage of those abilities, spread out over a few seconds. The damage from this bleed can critically strike and benefit from damage-increasing buffs and debuffs.
  • Most abilities have had their Rage cost increased, slowing the rotation's pace down from Legion. This is somewhat compensated by several talents, though the spec still plays slower as a whole.
  • Taking melee damage now generates 3 Rage per incoming attack, once per second.
  • Ability damage uses a new formula including both attack power and weapon damage, whereas previously some abilities ignored weapon damage. As a result, strength is more important, and ability damage scales more consistently.
  • Personal buffs and debuffs such as Colossus Smash Icon Colossus Smash no longer increase the damage of trinkets or other non-class ability damage.

2.2. Baseline Abilities Changes

Nearly every other ability has had its coefficient changed, but otherwise function as their Legion counterparts did.

3. Arms Warrior's Strengths

  • Bursty, cooldown driven damage.
  • Versatile toolkit, able to effectively deal with 2 targets by using Sweeping Strikes Icon Sweeping Strikes, 3-5 targets with Cleave Icon Cleave, and burst AoE with Bladestorm Icon Bladestorm.
  • Customizable rotation due to numerous talents which replace or enhance existing abilities.

4. Arms Warrior's Weaknesses

  • Some reliance on Tactician Icon Tactician to fill global cooldowns.
  • Slow rotation, with intermittent periods of unfilled global cooldowns.
  • Lack of sustained combat healing.

5. Viability of Arms Warrior in the Current Patch

Due to the influence of legendaries and tier bonuses that the specialization is no longer designed for, individual performance can vary greatly. In high-end gear, Arms is out-performed by Fury on single-target, although it has better two-target and burst AoE tools.

6. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 14 pages:

7. ChangeLog

  • 14 Aug. 2018 (mythic+ page): Page added.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (FAQ page): Page added for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (simulations page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (bosses page): Page added (empty for now).
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (this page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Page added for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 20 Jul. 2018 (simulations page): Updated racial bonus comparisons.
  • 20 Jul. 2018 (gear page): Updated Antorus trinket and racial bonus comparisons.
  • 16 Jul. 2018 (this page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch.
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